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Last Updated: Monday, 21 March 2005, 17:16 GMT
At-a-glance: BBC job cuts
BBC director general Mark Thompson has announced wide-ranging job cuts at the corporation, intended to save hundreds of millions of pounds to plough back into programmes.


A total of 3,780 posts to close over the next three years - almost one in five employees in UK public service divisions.

Some 2,050 of those are from content and output areas. The other 1,730 are from Professional Services - the behind-the-scenes support services. These were announced on 10 March.

The cuts will be made by 2008 and the full break-down is as follows:

Job losses:

  • TV - 47 posts (18% of division's workforce). Savings 37m
  • Radio & Music- 150 posts (15%). Savings 9.4m
  • New Media Central - 58 posts (18%). Savings 7.7m
  • Nations and Regions - 735 posts (13%). Savings 54.4m
  • Drama, Entertainment and CBBC - 150 posts (10%). Savings 45.2m
  • Factual & Learning - 424 posts close (21%). Savings 22.9m
  • BBC News - 420 posts (12%). Savings 34.4m
  • BBC Sport - 66 posts (13%) Savings 9.9m
  • Professional Services - 1,730 posts (46%), Savings 139m


The cuts are expected to save 355m a year, director general Mark Thompson said - 35m more than his original target. Some 221m will be saved by the changes in programme-making areas.

Mr Thompson said there would be fewer repeats and the money would be reinvested in original drama, comedy, music, journalism and other programme areas.

Reinvestment priorities:

  • 47m a year by 2008 in TV drama on BBC One and BBC Two
  • 6m for the Alternative Proms and Music for All
  • 23m for TV factual overall including 9 million for Specialist Factual on BBC One
  • 45m for News, boosting original journalism, current affairs, Middle East news coverage and news on-demand
  • 52m for Nations & Regions' local output, plus an increased share of network TV spend
  • Investing in Building Public Value ideas, including 32m to help New Media develop platforms and navigation, on demand and two-way applications

BBC governors will have to apply their own public value test and plans would be dependent on the licence fee settlement and governors' approval.


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